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post #1 of 39 Old 04-15-2013, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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Check out my new trailer! Now I need truck advice and estimated weight!

So I picked up my horse trailer yesterday, It's 7'2H 5'W and 14' Long. she had it listed as an '88 but the title says it's a '76. Which isn't really a big deal to me. It's a hartman roadmaster, I'd like to get it painted eventually, when funds allow as it's a little sad looking, structurally it's sound, there is quite a bit if rust, but it's all surface, there is a plate in the corner of the tack room area that is completely rusted through, but my husband says it's not something structurally important, but since he is a welder he's gonna get a new piece and weld it on for me. I'd like to put in a large tinted window on the sides like this http://images03.olx.com/ui/1/78/67/2027167_2.jpg just to allow more light inside, but I'm not sure if that's possible, I guess I'll have to look for windows and see the cost then ask hubby about cutting a whole and installing them. If not my TB will have to get over it I loved that on the way home I could see through the back window into the trailer(even tho it was empty lol). I cannot figure out of it has brakes, there are wires going into the wheels, so I can't imagine what else they are for, but I forgot to ask, and if it didn't it wasn't a deal breaker anyway as I know they can be installed fairly easily.

I don't have my own truck yet, so I'm trying to search for a truck that won't break the bank. It's pretty hard to search for a truck when I have NO idea what the trailer weighs! Does anyone have any clue? Also what minium specs I should look at in a truck. I won't be hauling often, but to get home from lessons I have to travel up a pretty steep hill
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post #2 of 39 Old 04-15-2013, 09:52 PM
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Not sure about the brakes-- the wiring harness is for your lights..

If it helps any we have pulled a 16 foot stock trailer through the mountians of east TN with a 96 z71. And thats a 1500 with a tow package and different suspension. :) The trailer didnt have brakes.

Dodge is known for being a great truck for pulling-- chevy has the better transmission-- ford has the better.. tires? Lol.
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I believe it has the braking system. The lights and brakes work off the plug to the trailer/truck. The wires to the wheels means brakes. Nice find! Can I ask how much you got it for??

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It has brakes, they may or may not work though. I personally would change the plug to a seven way. It more universal between trucks as that's what most people use. It does look pretty solid. Congrats.
Any mid 90's f250 would be a good rig to pull that. Plentiful and inexpensive.
Oh, and the brakes are wired with the lighting harness/plug. The battery for the breakaway is more then likely junk, lead battery's aren't made to be laid down.
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I pulled with my 09 z71 all over the hills between B'ham, Al. and Bowling Greens,Ky with a load heavier than what you will have in that trailer.
You find a 1/2 ton 4wd truck in good operating condition and you will have your tow pig. Especially if you aren't hauling long distances. The 4wd package will have a little stiffer suspension and towing capacity so in the rare event you do decide on a long trip it will be better suited for the task.

I would not bother looking at the 3/4 ton rigs with your stated intentions as it would be major over kill and not cost efficient.
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I pulled with my 09 z71 all over the hills between B'ham, Al. and Bowling Greens,Ky with a load heavier than what you will have in that trailer.
You find a 1/2 ton 4wd truck in good operating condition and you will have your tow pig. Especially if you aren't hauling long distances. The 4wd package will have a little stiffer suspension and towing capacity so in the rare event you do decide on a long trip it will be better suited for the task.

I would not bother looking at the 3/4 ton rigs with your stated intentions as it would be major over kill and not cost efficient.
I'm pretty clueless when it comes to this kind of stuff, I'm looking at a 98 dodge ram 1500, which I googled and it has a "Towing Capacity: 2,900 - 8,200 lbs." Would that be sufficient? The truck is just under $2000 because it has some body damage, but I don't need it to win any beauty contests, as long as the frame isn't damaged and the truck runs well that is good enough for me, My mare is a 16hh TB, probably about 1,000lbs, if we ever hauled a second horse it would only be a few miles away and that horse is a 15hh over weight appy, probably about 1,200lbs.
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That should be plenty of truck for what you are needing. You figure that trailer probably weighs around 1800 lbs and add a 1000 lb horse to give you 2600 lbs.. That gives you plenty of room for the other horse on occasion.

just make sure your SO checks the brakes on the truck to make sure they STAY in tip top shape! Also, you make want to check into getting the trailer tires balanced for a smoother ride and pull...Just ask Stan on this site about the difference it made on his trailer. Keep all of the tires in good tread and replace when needed. I have seen all to often when trucks and trailers are going down the road in tandem with near bald tires.


I also agree about getting the proper battery for the trailer brakes and replacing the six pin trailer plug with a seven pin. You can pick up the combo pack for truck and trailer for around $40 at most any parts outlet. Takes 30 minutes to install both. You can, usually, find the brake controller on CL or ebay for less than $75 and have a decent one. That doesn't take all that long to install either if one can a colored wiring diagram. My friend is a great mechanic, but can't read a blue print to save his life and was able to figure it out with the directions that came with his.



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that should be fine as long as the frame isnt twisted or rotted. I have a 2002 GMC sierra 1500 with a tow package. its our regular truck and I also haul with it. what you found sounds perfect.
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One of those floor boards shows dry rot. I would take a screwdriver and test all the boards to see if any punkiness exists in the rest of the floor.
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One of those floor boards shows dry rot. I would take a screwdriver and test all the boards to see if any punkiness exists in the rest of the floor.
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Which pic did you see that? I looked back through them and didn't see any rot on any of the boards in the above pics.

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